Thursday, 31 January 2013

Footing at UNESCO’s World Heritage Zone in Georgetown, Penang

Exploring the UNESCO’s World Heritage Zone of Penang by foot can give you a different experience and some personal touch and special memory to you. You may start your first visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque which is situated along Kapitan Keling road which is famous with money lenders companies. This mosque was built on 19th century with very unique shapes, without any curve or rounded domes.

Little India

From the mosque, you can walk to Beach Street which will head you to Little India of Penang. At this street you can see many stalls and hawkers selling Indian savouries such as Vadeh and Samosa besides snack such as Maruku.

From Beach Street, go ahead to Queen Street where you can hear loud Indian song played from nearby DVD or CD shops. Along this street you may see many Indian shops selling Indian traditional costumes, fancies accessories, gold jewelleries, and decorative items. This area is very photographic and you should not miss any of the view as you never know what you will see in each corner.

Walk further until the main intersection, you will see more colonial building which was beautifully restored and many of them were remained as original. Walking along King Street, you will see many buildings which was dated around year 1800s which is really beautiful for photo-snapping.

Chinese and Baba Nyonya Culture

After a long walk passing the Little India, next you can take a short break to have drinks or foods. There are many Chinese stalls or hawkers and you just choose according to your taste buds. There are selections of well-known famous Penang foods such as Laksa Penang, Char Kuey Teow, Hokkien Noodle, Prawn Noodle and Chicken Rice for you to choose. After a short rest, you can go ahead to explore some Chinese culture such as Chinese Opera and worshipping places.

Walking further, you will find a Penang Peranakan Museum which you can learn about the history of Baba Nyonya culture. Initially, this place was abandoned at first before a wealthy businessman bought it and renovates it as a museum. After the renovation and restoration works done on early 90s, the museum is open to public on 1996 with affordable entrance fees.

At the frontage of this Peranakan Museum, you will see the building painted in green which match with gold and white colour wood trimming. You also will see a British phone booth standing awkwardly near the Museum door besides two trishaws as a decoration item. Inside the museum, you will see various halls with different styles and some European’s intermix cultures. A huge ancestral photo was hung in the middle of the main hall besides a dining table lavishly in place.

At upper level of this museum, you will see a Baba Nyonya wedding room, porcelain collection, complete relic item and Baby Nyonya costumes. In short, visiting this museum will give you one of the best experiences to understand about the existence of Baba Nyonya community in Malaysia.

Chowrasta Market

Walk further to the end of Chulia Street, you will find Chowrasta Market which is very popular for Malaysian, Singaporean and even Indonesian tourist. In this market you can find snack and pickled fruits as a souvenir for your friends and family. One of the most popular stuff here is Penang’s Dragon Ball Biscuit which was deemed as the most popular with various flavours such as Pandan, Durian, green bean and even Prawn Sambal. If you look carefully, there are some items which are not really available in other market in Malaysia such as pickled nutmeg, balm and many types of biscuits and crackers to be grabbed.

Last but not Least: Street Dessert

Before you end up your foot journye, walk to another of Penang’s famous street dessert which is located not really far from Komtar, the tallest building in Penang. Located at Penang Road, you will find a very… very… very… famous Penang Road Chendol or people call it as a thirst quencher which consisted of mixture of shaved ice, coconut milk, brown sugar, red beans and pandan curd. There are some stalls nearby the original store. The original store is located exactly outside a coffee shop here and you will see a lot of people will queue for this RM1.80 per bowl Chendol.

If you are new in Penang, this on foot trip is very interesting to understand the habit of Penangite besides exploring this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site. You will see the diverse culture of Malaysian and learn about how they can live as one nation in this independent country. 

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Simplicity and the Colours of Bac Ha Sunday Market, Lao Cai Province, Northern Vietnam

Visiting  to tribal Sunday Market is such bringing yourself to a movie set with ethnic minority women  attired in complex and colourful traditional dress, small little stalls, scruffy tents and umbrellas. This was totally a different world for people who already get used with city life.

The Tribal Market

Bac Ha Sunday Market is located in Lao Cai province and claimed as of the most attractive market in South East Asia. On every Sunday, various hill tribes from the mountainous district of Bac Ha such as Hmong, Zay and Red Dzao will present in this market. Every weekend, they need to hike or cross the mountain or hill by walk or on horse to bring their goods such as vegetable, sugarcane, fruits, wine and other jungle products to the market.

Besides, they are also selling buffaloes, cows, pigs, poultries, dogs and some exotic animals too. Not to mention, they are not only sell the dog alive as some of them are selling dog meat which is one of popular dish among local people.

The Bac Ha’s Specialty

Local wine and Chao Thang co (Horse meat soup) are among specialty in this market. The local wine was brewed locally and made from rice or corn and the alcohol level is stronger than common beer. Some says that, they are drinking like no more tomorrow and this is very common to see drunken man lying down or sleeping on the ground while the wife busy selling in the market.
Meanwhile, Chao Thang co is a specialty of Hmong people. This soup consisted of horse meat, blood and inner parts of the animal which the horse are slaughtered first at village before brought to the market and to be cooked by using large pan with firewood. According to local, they never wash the cooking pan to cook the Chao Thang co in order to keep the flavour.

Smoking stalls, Sugar Cane and Clothing

There are many smoking stalls can be found in this market with lots of tobaccos on the floor for sell. You also will see some bamboo pipe where smokers will come and squat besides puffing from the pipes before leaving with happy smiles. Besides, you will see a lot of sugarcane available in this market. Most of the merchants here need to cross or hike the mountain and hill with their buffaloes or horse. Having sugarcane can prevent them from dehydration and also as an energy source.
In this market also you can find many handicrafts and fabrics. This is including silver jewelleries, wood cravings, handbags and tribal traditional costumes. As a visitor, don’t forget to bargain before purchasing anything here. You can start your bargaining by asking for half from their starting price for a better deal. Barter system is still common for local goods. However, now they are gradually learn to sell their goods to visitors and make more money.

A Place to find Mr. & Mrs. Right

This is not a joke. Living in hillside and mountainous area make them have low chance to meet someone as a partner. So, attending this Sunday market is a good channel for them to meet potential husband or wife, sharing stories, making new friends besides to deliver their trading business. You can presume the ladies will put their best look and outfit for this once a week market in order to search for their Mr. Right.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

The "Lost in Time" of Cherating, Pahang, Malaysia

Cherating is located in the border of Kuantan and Terengganu, the East Coastal part of Peninsular Malaysia. Along the way from Kuantan town to Cherating, you will enjoy the stunning view of fishing villages, beautiful shores, coconut trees and typical Malay daily activities.

Street coconut and Otak-Otak (local grilled snack) seller at Kuantan - Terengganu road
To-date, Cherating beach still a popular holiday spot among Malaysian to spend public holiday or weekend with family and friends. There are numbers of three and four stars hotel in Cherating besides a reasonable guesthouse for you to choose. Due to public transportation difficulties in Cherating, it is a good idea to stay in a resort with all in house services such as restaurant, recreation facilities and beach activities.

Looking for more adventures, you may choose to stay at any guesthouse is which located along the main road of Cherating beach. Most of the guesthouse normally are integrated with a restaurant business with selection of Malay food and basic western dishes. Guesthouse normally will cost you around MYR40 to MYR60 for one night stay and it will be cheaper if you choose to stay in a fan-only room.

The airy hotel lobby of Impiana Resort Cherating, Kuantan
At the hotel lobby of Impiana Cherating Resort, Kuantan

Resorts in Cherating

Guest House in Cherating

What else to do in Cherating?

Besides lazying on the beach, you can inquire from your hotel operator for other activities such as kayaking, monkey spotting, exploring fishing village and fishing trip. 

You also should explore the varieties of local Malay foods such as Sata, Otak-Otak and Keropok Lekor. This dish is cheaper than other places and can easily found in Cherating.

Local snack, Sata
Enjoying seafood at local Malay food stall for dinner

Southeast Asia Highest Mountain: Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

One of the tourism attraction in Sabah especially among nature lovers is Mount Kinabalu. This highest mountain in South East Asia in between the Himalayas and Puncak Jaya. With 4101 meter above the sea level, this mountain is one of the must climb mountain in Asia especially for those who are into long hard mountain climbing.

Mount Kinabalu as my background
When climbing this mountain, you can the different of nature surface from the base to the coniferous forest before you can face to oak forest, alpine meadow before ending up with a massive granite area at the peak.

How to Get There?

The Kinabalu Park headquarter is located in about 88 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu. There are numbers of daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Japan and Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu. Next, you can go to this Kinabalu Park by chartered car rental, express bus or minivan. 

Express Bus
Route: Kota Kinabalu - Ranau - Sandakan
From Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park: 3 hours
Departure Time: Starts at 7.30am (4 times daily)
Price: MYR20/person

Guidance before Mount Climbing

Hiring a guide is a must for those who wants to climb Mount Kinabalu. Prior to that, climbers need to pay RM15 for the entry fee, RM100 for climbing permit and RM3.50 for the insurance.

Guide Fee
1 - 3 person: MYR70
4 - 6 person: MYR75
7 - 8 person: MYR80

Porter Fee
1 - 3 person: MYR60
4 - 6 person: MYR80
7 - 8 person: MYR90

The porter can be hired to carry maximum of 10kg of load and this price is from Timpohon Gate to the peak. If you choose to climb from Mesilau trait, the porter fee will be higher.

Start your Climbing

After you had cleared all payments at Kinabalu Park headquarter, you may proceed with your climbing plan with your guide and porter. Normally, climbing Mount Kinabalu will need two days for most of climbers.You also need to be prepared with the temperature and other altitude sickness.

The first day of climbing will start from Timpohon Gate t Laban Rata as your first pit stop. Its a 6 kilometres climbing and will take around 4 to 6 hours, depends on your fitness level. You will overnight at Laban Rata before continue your journey as early as 2.30am. The next journey will take around 3 to 4 hours with distance around 2.7 kilometres. After some photo snapping at the mountain peak, you will head back to the Kinabalu Park's headquarter.

Mount Kinabalu view from Kota Kinabalu - Ranau - Sandakan route at 6.00am

Mesilau Trail

Mesilau trail is another option for any climbers who are looking for a more challenging track with large dirt step, over-sized rock; sometimes you need to haul yurself up by using rope. This Mesilau trail is located at Mesilau Nature Resort, located 20 kilometres by east road from the Kinabalu Park's headquarter.

Some frequent climbers shared that the secret of climbing Mount Kinabalu is personal fitness and stamina. Most of amateur climbers are too harsh at the start and getting slower when in the middle of journey, besides taking more time for resting before continue the climbing.

The best time to be at the mountain peak is around 6.00am to 7.0am before the mountain all covered by thick cloud an hour later.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Sandakan - Sepilok's Orang Utan Rehab Centre, Sabah, Malaysia

Entrance of Agnes Newton Kieth's House
At first, Sandakan might look like a boring place to pay a visit. The fact, there are several attractions in this beautiful mix of waterfront and green city. There are several flights by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan daily. Besides, visiting the city, Sandakan is a popular base for trip to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the checkpoint for Kinabatangan River expedition.

Where to stay?

Sandakan town consisted of a good mix of budget, boutique and stars accommodations with price start from RM50 up to RM300 per night. Visitors can choose to stay at waterfront areas with great sea view at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan or enjoy the service and magnificent rainforest view of Sabah Hotel, which is also one of the oldest hotel in Sandakan. Optionally, you can walk along the waterfront area or zooming in Bandar Fajar for budget or boutique accommodations choices.  

Sight-seeing in Sandakan

Sandakan Memorial Park

For me, this memorial park is just a park where local residents will come for morning or evening walk and jog, as well as relaxing after a long day. But the fact, this park is a place to remember all those who passed away during the "Death March by Japanese Army during World War II on 1945. The journey from Sandakan to Ranau is about 250km through the jungle and out from those 1577 mix of Australian, British and New Zealanders prisoner, over half died on the walk- except half dozen of Australia managed to escape - many others died because of violence, starvation and disease during the 6 months walk.

Sandakan Memorial Park
Mile 8, Jalan Labuk Utara, Taman Rimba, Sandakan
Sandakan Memorial Day, 15th August every year
Entrance fee: Free

Agne Newton Keith House

Agnes Keith Newton was an author and American expatriate who lived in Sandakan during 1930s to 1750s. Her husband is a forest conservator during their stay in Borneo. This house is a museum to remember her heydey and it was rebuild after the war time, one of her famous book is Land below the Wind which now is the tagline of Sabah state. This 2 storey house consisted of bedrooms, study rooms, dining areas, kitchen and family recreational areas. Visitors entrance fees is RM15 and you are not allow to take photos inside this house. 

Agnes Newton Keith's House

SimSim - Fishermen Village - Tanah Merah

SimSim is more popular than Tanah Merah. This is the place where you can enjoy great grilled seafood dishes at a very reasonable price. Besides, you also can order varieties o mouth watery savouries such as noodles, tofu and other authentic Chinese foods. This is an open air food venue and area cleanliness can be an issue.

Sandakan Centre Market - Good place for souvenir 

This is my favorite place to get crackers, rattan baskets, bags, salted fish, Philippine's batik (Samarinda cloth) and other local souveniers. There are many filipinos migrant here who did their business illegally besides native Sabahan merchants.

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

This is a very special place which is dedicated for survival or orphaned Orang Utan babies. Visitors will enjoy the greeneries along the canopy walk and keep silent in order not to scare the Oran Utan. Besides, you can sit for hours at the observation deck and wait for the feeding time to watch the Orang Utan by the park ranger. You need to check in your guide for the viewing time for the best Orang Utan observation experience. Try to avoid visiting this rehab centre during weekend and public holidays as sometimes, too many people will make this place noisy which will end up with visit's disappointment.

Admission fees:
MyKad holder (Malaysian) - RM5
Others (Foreigner) - RM30
Camera charge - RM10 each

Reception & Ticketing counter: 9.00am - 11.00am & 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Security Gate: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Mai Centre: 9.00am - 12.00pm (Friday is until 11.00am) and 2.00pm - 4.00pm daily

Saint Marie Church, Sandakan
Besides, there are many other places to visit such as Saint Marie Church which was built since over 100 years ago, Crocodile Farm, Turtle Sanctuary and Monkey Sanctuary too. Two days and one night stay in Sandakan will give you a wonderful experience in this economical city.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Quick Escape at Kapas Island, Malaysia.

If you plan to go to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur, you may choose to stay for one night at Kapas Island in Marang, 24 kilometres from Kuala Terengganu.”Kapas” or cotton in Malay is referring to the island itself which is covered with pure white beaches as the trademark for the island itself. The distance from Marang’s jetty to Kapas Island is about 5 kilometres or 15 minutes journey by speed boat.


It is good to get to know about Marang city. This is the place where you can get your food stuff in case you mind to pay for “island goods price”. Basically, Marang city is a combination of fishing villages and turn to be a favourite stopover for travellers to East Coast Malaysia. There are numbers of Malay restaurants nearby the Marang Jetty. If you arrive on Sunday evening, there is a night market which is started around 3.00pm next to Marang Bus Station or 100meter from the jetty. You can get various of Malay food  in the market such as Nasi Dagang (local rice specialty), Sata, grilled chicken and Malay traditional desserts.

Boat Jetty at Marang town
Nusantara Hostel is located opposite to the jetty is one of the “nothing to expect” hotel in case u just need a place to rest before continuing your journey to north east coast.

Zooming to Kapas Island

Well, I personally suggest visitors to buy ready foods on the mainland before departing to Kapas Island. Junk foods and water may slightly more expensive on the island.

Me on the boat before transfer to Kapas Island
There are numbers of boat providers in Marang Jetty to transfer you to the island. The ticket for slow boat will cost you RM15 and speed boat is RM25. Remember, you also need to plan for the pick-up time from the island as well.
Most of the resorts in Kapas Island will close during monsoon season starts from November to March every year.

Where to stay?

The only budget accommodation in Kapas Island is the Lighthouse with price RM20 to RM40 for one night. Other ranges normally will cost you between RM50 to RM150 for one night stay.

The Lighthouse (Captain’s Longhouse)
Contact Number: +6012.3770214

Other options:

  • Duta Puri Island Resort
  • Makcik Gemuk Resort
  • Kapas Coral Garden
  • Qimi Chalet
  • Kapas Turtle Valley

You may google for travel agencies in Kuala Terengganu or Kuala Lumpur to assist your accommodation needs in Kapas Island.

What to do?

The crystal clear sea water at Kapas Island is really good for snorkelling activity.  There are some good snorkelling spots in Kapas Island. The best place to do snorkelling is in between Kapas Island and Gemia Island. If you don’t have any snorkelling tools, you may rent it from your resort operator. In fact, sometimes you can do snorkelling right in front of your resort too. You can see sea urchins, sea cucumbers, angel fish, cuttlefish and many other beautiful sea creatures too.

Foods on Island

Normally resorts will provide food and beverages in their restaurant. Optionally, you may walk slightly further to the jetty area and you can find Malay food stall with ready to cook dishes such as fried noodle and fried rice.

Overall, Kapas Island is a very good place for a peaceful short holiday. All you can do is switching off your devices, lazying on the beach and enjoying the coral view during snorkelling.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Chronicle of Bánh

Bánh is Vietnamese word which can be translated as “cake” or “bread”. It can be considered as varieties of sweet savory cakes, bun, pastries, sandwich and many more Vietnamese foods. The bánh can be cooked by steaming, baking, boiling or deep-frying and normally made by rice or wheat flour. There are some noodles and fish cake dishes which are also called as bánh.

Bánh khọt

Bánh khọt or molded rice cake is a special dish from southern Vietnam, particularly in Vung Tau city. This Bánh khọt is made of milled rice flour, coconut milk, seasoned with salt and sugar. After being stuffed with shrimp, it’s fried by using steel molder to give a standard small round shape. This dish is very suitable for breakfast together with raw vegetable, fresh chilies and shrimp paste.

Bánh Cuốn

Bánh cuốn or Vietnamese steamed rice rolls are made from a thin and wide sheet of steam fermented rice batter which filled with seasoned ground pork, shallots and mushrooms. This dish will come with side dishes such as Vietnamese sausage pork, sliced cucumber, bean sprout and a dipping sauce called as nước chấm. This is a light dish and is generally eaten for breakfast at almost everywhere in Vietnam.

Bánh Hỏi Thịt Nướng

Bánh Hỏi Thịt Nướng is layers of thin woven of rice noodles which intricate like a white woven mat. The taste is same like vermicelli rice noodle but a little bit fluffy. This bánh hỏi will come together with grill meat such as pork or beef and topped by scallion oil. You can have this bánh hỏi thịt nướng with local dipping sauce, Nước chấm.

Bánh Bèo

Bánh bèo or literally called as small rice pancake or “water fern cake” is a white colour dish with a dimple at centre. This dimple will be filled with a savory blend of choped nuts and minced shrimp, fresh scallion, crispy dried shallots, fish sauce, mung bean paste and oil. This dish is from Hue, the ancient royal capital located in central Vietnam.

Bánh Bột Lọc

This food is originally from Hue city and named as Vietnamese Clear shrimp and Pork Dumpling. This dish is very translucent with almost gelatinous of sticky tapioca flour filled with whole shrimps and chopped pork fat. This dish is complimented with scallion topping, fish sauce and crispy pork fat and suitable to eat with larger meals.

Bánh ướt Thịt Nướng

Bánh ướt thịt nướng is a steamed wet rice paper which is pre-rolled with barbeque meat and fresh herbs. Normally this dish will join with a larger meal and enjoy it with dipping sauce which made with green bean, pork liver and peanuts.

Bánh Canh Cua

Bánh Canh Cua or Vietnamese Fat Rice Noodle with Crab Soup or optionally can be enjoyed with pork soup. The version of this bánh is in noodle soup form instead of cakes. The noodle looks a little bit fat like Udon but it was made from tapioca instead of wheat flour. The key ingredient of the soup is the crab paste with soybean oil which is used to sauté the crab and shrimp to create the broth and the soup’s color.

Bánh Chưng

Bánh chưng is an essential food during Vietnamese Tet holiday. This is a traditional Vietnamese rice cake which made from glutinous rice, pork, mung bean and some other special ingredients. During the history of Hung Vuong, this dish was a symbol to show respect towards the earth and the sky. Other than Tet season, you still can have this Bánh chưng all year around as one of the National dishes.

Bánh Xèo

Bánh Xèo or Sizzling Cake is a Vietnamese pancake made of rice flour, turmeric powder and water. The ready pancake will be stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion and fresh bean sprouts The Bánh Xèo in South Vietnam are larger and thinner compared to one central and the North Vietnam. You may enjoy this Bánh Xèo with special dipping sauce such as sweet and sour diluted fish sauce or in central Vietnam, they are having this Bánh Xèo with a special sauce which consisted of fermented soy bean and sticky rice sauce.

Backpacking in Style, No Bare foot please!!!

I love to travel. When spending time touring by bus, or sipping coffee at side walk cafes, I like to see other backpacker’s attire particularly their grooming while travelling.

I always see many travellers didn’t care about their foot when travelling. Dry skin, untrimmed toenails, and bare foot are always a common scene when travelling in South East Asia.

Me and travel friend in front of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Feet Caring Tips

Boys and girls, lets travel in style and clean foot will make you healthier and feel better. Whenever you travel in South East Asia, there are many foot spa and massage available for you to choose in backpacker areas with reasonable price. Besides, you can do your own pedicure at home such as trimming your toenails and exfoliating the dead skin. The best practise to remove dead skin on your toe is when your skin is dry. NEVER let someone else to cut any part of your foot skin or even worst by using razor. This can cause serious foot injury which will make your travelling inconvenience.
  • Wash  your foot daily with warm water and soft soap. Don’t forget to dry it well especially in between the toe nails.
  • Use foot lotion or foot cream to ensure your foot skin smooth and well exfoliated especially at your heels and big toes. Watch out if there are any crack on your foot as the skin is very open to foot disease
  • NEVER walk barefoot. I always see foreigner/traveller really like to bare foot especially in hotel, pedestrian walk and bus. This is a big NO!!! Other than cleanliness factor, bare foot will open your foot skin to contraction with fungus.
  • Don't let your foot too cold and too hot, especially when you sleep.
  • When choosing a summer shoes or sandal, you need to choose shoes with bigger toe box with arch support to avoid your foot rolling when you walking.
  • When travelling, your foot care kit should consist of bandage, nail file, nail clippers, scissors, foot lotion and antibiotic cream.

Precaution while travelling by plane

Some people might have foot ache or swelling especially when taking a long journey flight. The preventive idea to reduce this problem is by avoiding salt consuming and wearing a support sock if needed. Don’t sit too long. You need to get up from your sit and walk around to avoid your foot swelling. You also need to flex and stretch your feet and ankle or raise your knee higher if your space allows you to do so.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Visiting Vinpearl Land Resort & Spa, Nha Trang, Vietnam

The Vinpearl Land or formerly known as Vietnamese Pearl Resort is a very huge five stars resort, spa, entertainments complex which is located on Hon Tre Island, or 2 miles from Nha Trang beach in Khanh Hoa province, Central Vietnam.

Since a decade, Vinpearl Land had attracted thousands of local and international tourists for family activities, enjoying the panoramic ocean view and many more.

Attraction in Vinpearl Land

Aggressive tourism injection had welcome couples, families and kids to choose Vinpearl Land as their holiday destination. Adult visitors can enjoy the fine dining experience, shopping, having good drinks at the bar and clubs while kids will enjoy the theme park, animal show or walking by the aquarium. The good point is, visitors still can enjoy the facilities in Vinpearl even they are not staying in the resort.

The five star resort: With 485 rooms, The Vinpearl resort is the biggest resort and spa in Vietnam. All the rooms have a very detail interior and setting for customer comfortability.  Guest also can choose Royal suite if the Presidential suite is not enough for you.

Swimming pool: If the beach on the island is not enough for you to swim, the swimming pool at the resort is the biggest outdoor swimming pool in South East Asia.

The Amusement Park: The medium size amusement park is one of the attractions at Vinpearl Land Resort and this park is open to outsider visitors.
Amphitheater: The 5000 seats amphitheater at Vinpearl Land is a perfect place for big event such as the recent Miss Universe and Miss World pageant in Vietnam.

Shopping Mall: Some says that the price in this shopping mall is more expensive than the retail outlet at main land. However, the shopper at this 20,000sqm shopping mall will enjoy a different shopping experience especially the ancient Hoi An’s interior and building design of the shopping mall.

Water Theme Park: The massive water theme park with 200,000sqm slaid, pool, river  for tubing and other water activities is really suitable for kids to have fun while parent are busy with sun bathing.

Aquarium: This is the largest underwater world in Vietnam with more than 300 species of sea living including sharks.

Other activities

Animal Show: Duration is 30 minute, 3 times daily at 10.00am, 4.00pm and 5.00pm
Puppet Show: Duration 45 minute: Friday and Saturday only, 6.00pm
Music & Magic Show: Duration 45 minute, Friday and Saturday only 7.30pm
Fountain Musical Show: Duration 30 minute, 7.00pm everyday


The price range in Vinpeal Land is different according to the season and nominal promotion. It will be good check at for current promotion.

Tour with swimming pool: Tourist can spend time from 9.00am until 7.00pm at the beach or swimming pool with tour guide to the facilities in Vinpearl including buffet style meal. Price: USD47.50 (Adult), USD32.50 (Children)

Amusement Park & Water Park: Unlimited games and rides. USD16 (Adult), USD11.50 (Children)

Food Coupon: Set meals at USD7.50 (Adult/Children) at any assigned restaurants in the park.

Fast Food Coupon: Snack coupon wit price USD1.00 each at any fast food kiosk in the park.

Operation Hour

Standard operation hour: 8.00am – 10.00pm. Some attractions close at 9.00pm on weekdays.
Waterpark: Open every day 10.00am – 6.00pm
Aquarium: Open every day 9.00am – 8.30pm
Food Village: Open Daily 10.00am – 9.00pm

How to get here?

There some transportation options to Vinpearl Land including the longest cross the water car in the world.

Ferry: This is the cheapest transportation to cross to Hon Tre Island. The ferry will depart from Phu Quoy jetty in Nha Trang. The ferry will depart at every 30 minutes starts from 8.00am until 10.00pm. The journey will be 20 minute with cost USD2/way (Adult) and USD0.75/way (Children)

Speed Boat: The speed boat is more expensive then ferry. The speed boat will need about 7minutes to arrive to Vinpearl. However, this speed boat service is only for guest at Vinpearl Resort.

Cable Car: Visitor will able to see the 160 feet above the sea level of Nha Trang beach city’s view. The journey will take around 13 minutes to Hon Tre Island and this is the longest above the water cable car in the world.